About Scottish Sinfonia
Sinfonia was founded in 1970 by Neil Mantle, who has conducted it ever since in over two hundred concerts. It has a basic playing strength of ninety players, augmented as required from a pool of around 160 members.
The orchestra is a highly successful mixture of professional players, instrumental teachers and amateurs with an age range of seventeen to seventy, all united in one common aim: to make music to the highest standard of which they are capable.
Each of our four annual concerts is preceded by six three-hour rehearsals held over over a three week period.
Since 2011, St. Cuthbert's Church, with its excellent acoustics, has been the orchestra's home: not only for performances, but also for all rehearsals — an inestimable benefit.
Sinfonia is an ensemble at home in a wide variety of musical styles, but is especially noted for its championing of the music of British composers — notably Elgar and Vaughan Williams, and several of the orchestra's performances of these works (and others) may be enjoyed by following our links to YouTube.
In January 2023, Scottish Sinfonia was delighted to welcome Richard Gratwick as its new leader.